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80 U.S. Magazine

80-U.S. Journal was the best remembered name for a TRS‑80 magazine that was published by 80-Northwest Publishing from 1978 to 1984. It was also published under the names 80-Northwest Journal and Basic Computing. Until 1982, it was published bimonthly (six issues a year) but it increased to monthly (twelve issues a year) after that.

80-Northwest Journal (sometimes called 80-NW Journal) was first published in 1978 with the September/October issue. The founder of the magazine, Irvin “Mike” Schmidt, described the reason behind the new publication in the first issue: What, another computer magazine? Why not? We feel there is a real need for a vehicle to exchange TRS‑80 information, one that is dedicated exclusively to the TRS‑80. The first issue was 16 pages long and was formatted and printed on a TRS‑80 Model I with 48K of memory, two disk drives, and a line printer.

The Northwest in the title referred to the location of the publisher (Tacoma, Washington). But that soon changed, as stated in the November/December 1978 issue:

Those of you from other than the Northwest need no be intimidated by our “regional” heading. Since we have spread to almost all of the fifty states, there is already a new logo on the drawing board (actually, it’s on a mini disk), with a “US” replacing the “NW”.

January/February 1979 was the first issue of the retitled 80-U.S. Journal (or 80-U.S.). The magazine remained at six issues a year but it kept expanding in size and scope. By the end of 1981, it had reached 172 pages with over 100 advertisers.

One of the more distinctive features of 80-U.S. Journal were the articles and drawings of Leo Christopherson. In fact, Android Nim, Leo Christopherson’s most famous TRS‑80 game, originally appeared in the second issue of the magazine. His drawing were frequently featured in 80-U.S. Journal and a Christopherson android was used as a magazine mascot for several years. For a while, 80-NW Publishing (later 80-U.S. Software) sold a number of programs, most notably the Leo Christopherson games.

In 1982, 80-U.S Journal increased their publishing schedule to every month. Unlike 80 Micro, its primary competitor, 80-U.S Journal never restricted coverage in the magazine to specific TRS‑80 models. To the final issue, they covered all TRS‑80 models, including the Color Computers, the Model 100, and the Model II/12/16. This was frequently given as the magazine’s focus:

We are a monthly magazine covering all models and aspects of the TRS‑80 microcomputers. Each issue contains a mix of articles and programs for every level of expertise in the computing field.

We have regular columns and departments to help both the beginning Color Computerist and the advanced Model III assembly language programmer. We make a special effort to make our publication understandable to beginners and advanced computerists alike.

The name of the magazine changed again to Basic Computing with the July 1983 issue. The new name didn’t indicate a move away from the TRS‑80; the motto remained the “TRS‑80 User Journal.” The change away from 80-U.S Journal was made because the old name often led to it being mistaken for a travel magazine!

Basic Computing was printed on glossy paper and seemed to be actively targeting both new subscribers and newsstand distribution. In this period, Basic Computing absorbed several other TRS‑80 magazines, including H&E Computronics and the LSI Journal. The added exposure led to a doubling in circulation in just one year. Despite that success (or perhaps because of it), Basic Computing abruptly ended with the March 1984 issue.

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program 40
disk 39
radio shack 39
machine language 37
software 35
computer 31
data 30
model 30
model iii 29
programs 29
basic 26
color computer 26
residents add 24
iii 23
color 17
journal 17
operating system 15
assembly language 14
basic program 14
print 14
word processing 14
data base 12
toll free 11
double density 10
basic computing 8
lower case 8
printer 8
level 7
expansion interface 6
disk drive 5
hard disk 5
general ledger 4
memory 4
misosys misosys 4
sasosiiai sasosiiai 4
cassette 3
disk basic 3
disk systems 3
goto 3
ldos ldos 3
memory location 3
bulletin board 2
cash tape 2
daily cash 2
data data 2
dealer inquiries 2
defb defb 2
disk drives 2
electric pencil 2
file 2
fortran 2
gosub 2
graphics 2
lor 2
machine level 2
maxi manager 2
shack 2
stack pointer 2
system 2
text editor 2
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balance sheet 1
basic compiler 1
bus pin 1
bus signal 1
byte 1
cassette tape 1
command file 1
commodity futures 1
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data ace 1
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decimal hex 1
defb 1
direct connect 1
dot matrix 1
electric webster 1
erm 1
exatron stringy 1
fcfc fcfc 1
feature program 1
ffff 1
ffff ffff 1
formatted diskette 1
fortran package 1
function codes 1
galactic software 1
graphics code 1
graphics mode 1
hex statement 1
high speed 1
ihe program 1
integral data 1
jan feb 1
jim klaproth 1
journal jan 1
journal janfeb 1
journal julyiauq 1
language program 1
ldos 1
ldos operating 1
learning level 1
leo christopherson 1
level iii 1
lha 1
lobo 1
lobo systems 1
location pointed 1
low pulse 1
marking period 1
maxi cras 1
memory size 1
micro computer 1
micro music 1
modem 1
money order 1
operator 1
operator data 1
pay data 1
pocket computer 1
program counter 1
program execution 1
program listing 1
random access 1
ratio analysis 1
rem loop 1
sales tax 1
screen 1
single disk 1
sound sound 1
source code 1
spooler 1
star trek 1
string packing 1
stringy floppy 1
systems 1
tha 1
tha program 1
thai 1
tiny pascal 1
tor 1
trsdos 1
ttl inputs 1
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80-U.S. - Volume III Number 1 (1980-01)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, software, data, programs, journal, cassette, computer, level, machine language, jan...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 07 (1982-07)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: disk, program, model, iii, software, print, computer, data, programs, model iii, radio shack, color...
80-U.S. - Volume III Number 6 (1980-11)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, model, software, data, journal, printer, programs, basic, computer, radio shack,...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 10 (1982-10)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, disk, iii, basic, computer, programs, color, print, data, color computer, model...
Basic Computing - Vol. VI No. 12 (1983-12)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: model, program, disk, basic, print, iii, software, computer, erm, radio shack, basic computing,...
80-U.S. - Volume VI Number 03 (1983-03)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, disk, data, color, iii, computer, print, programs, basic, data base, color...
80-U.S. - Volume IV Number 6 (1981-11)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, model, print, computer, iii, software, journal, basic, color, machine language,...
80-U.S. - Volume III Number 3 (1980-05)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, programs, software, data, level, basic, journal, computer, cassette, machine...
Basic Computing - Vol. VII No. 02 (1984-02)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, computer, gosub, disk, programs, basic, data, software, goto, basic computing,...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 09 (1983-09)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: model, program, disk, data, computer, color, iii, software, programs, model iii, color computer,...
80-U.S. - Volume IV Number 5 (1981-09)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, model, computer, software, journal, data, programs, iii, machine language, model...
Basic Computing - Vol. VI No. 08 (1983-08)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, printer, disk, print, basic, defb, software, iii, defb defb, basic computing, radio...
Basic Computing - Vol. VII No. 03 (1984-03)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, software, basic, disk, iii, computer, data, programs, color, model iii, radio...
80-U.S. - Volume VI Number 04 (1983-04)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, data, disk, iii, computer, programs, print, software, basic, model iii, machine...
80-U.S. - Volume IV Number 4 (1981-07)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, model, printer, iii, programs, basic, computer, software, journal, radio shack,...
Basic Computing - Vol. VI No. 10 (1983-10)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: model, program, disk, basic, computer, software, programs, trsdos, iii, color, basic computing,...
80-U.S. - Volume IV Number 2 (1981-03)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, model, data, basic, programs, software, computer, color, journal, radio shack,...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 08 (1982-08)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, model, computer, data, programs, software, printer, color, color computer, radio...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 04 (1982-04)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, disk, iii, programs, color, computer, data, software, color computer, model iii,...
80-U.S. - Volume VI Number 06 (1983-06)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: model, program, disk, computer, color, software, iii, programs, basic, model iii, radio shack,...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 05 (1982-05)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, color, disk, print, iii, computer, gosub, data, model iii, color computer, radio...
80-U.S. - Volume III Number 2 (1980-03)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, programs, level, journal, memory, computer, software, graphics, data, machine...
Basic Computing - Vol. VII No. 01 (1984-01)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: model, program, disk, basic, programs, software, computer, file, data, iii, radio shack, basic...
80-U.S. - Volume IV Number 3 (1981-05)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, model, basic, data, programs, iii, software, journal, printer, machine language,...
Basic Computing - Vol. VI No. 07 (1983-07)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, disk, data, basic, software, color, computer, programs, print, basic computing,...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 01 (1982-01)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: print, disk, program, goto, model, iii, software, computer, data, machine language, model iii,...
80-U.S. - Volume VI Number 05 (1983-05)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, data, disk, iii, color, computer, basic, programs, software, model iii, radio...
80-US - Vol. II No. 2 (1979-03)(80-NW Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, journal, software, computer, programs, data, level, fortran, print, disk, machine...
80-U.S. - Volume II Number 6 (1979-11)(80-NW Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, ffff, programs, journal, software, level, system, shack, cassette, ffff ffff, radio...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 12 (1982-12)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: disk, model, program, iii, computer, software, color, data, basic, programs, radio shack, hard...
80-U.S. - Volume II Number 5 (1979-09)(80-NW Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, lha, tha, lor, tor, thai, graphics, spooler, journal, radio shack, alphanumeric mode, high...
Basic Computing - Vol. VI No. 09 (1983-09)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, model, data, print, disk, basic, computer, screen, color, software, basic computing, radio...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 11 (1982-11)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, computer, model, color, iii, data, modem, disk, software, programs, color computer, radio...
80-U.S. - Volume II Number 4 (1979-07)(80-NW Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, level, software, data, disk, journal, lor, basic, printer, data data, machine level, radio...
80-U.S. - Volume VI Number 01 (1983-01)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, model, print, iii, printer, computer, basic, data, model iii, color computer,...
80-U.S. - Volume II Number 3 (1979-05)(80-NW Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, data, disk, fortran, journal, programs, memory, print, operator, software, machine...
80-U.S. - Volume III Number 5 (1980-09)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, data, basic, software, programs, journal, memory, file, printer, machine language,...
80-U.S. - Shopper's Guide (1983)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)[supplement]
Topics: model, basic, disk, lobo, ldos, iii, color, program, software, systems, radio shack, disk systems,...
80-US - Vol. II No. 1 (1979-01)(80-NW Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, basic, journal, goto, memory, byte, level, software, computer, disk, memory location,...
80-U.S. - Volume III Number 4 (1980-07)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
Topics: program, disk, software, programs, data, journal, basic, model, shack, system, radio shack, machine...
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 06 (1982-06)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
80-U.S. - Volume IV Number 1 (1981-01)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 03 (1982-03)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)
80-U.S. - Volume V Number 02 (1982-02)(80-Northwest Publishing)(US)